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Correct The Errors

Correct The Errors

Students work in pairs to correct sentences from a handout. A pairwork and whole class activity for ESL writing.

Level:  Intermediate

Topic:  Warmer

Time:  25 minutes


  • Make one copy of the Handout for each student.
  • Make one copy of the Key for the teacher.
  • Optional: Prepare a list of common errors from your lessons.



Give a Handout to each student. Allow 5 minutes for the students to read the sentences and try to correct them.


Ask the students to find a partner and discuss their answers.


Assign one sentence to each pair of students. Ask each pair of students to write their sentence on the board.

Note: Write numbers 1-16 on the board beforehand, so the sentences remain in order on the board.


After all the sentences are on the board, ask the students to check all the sentences on the board with their partner.


Randomly ask a pair of students to tell the class if the first sentence on the board is correct or not. If it’s not correct, correct it together as a class.


Continue with the next pair of students until all of the sentences have been corrected.

Extended Practice

Ask students to write the corrected sentences on their Handout. 

Printable Worksheets


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